Now restored to its Edo Period glory, Okayama's Korakuen garden is home to unique features including wide lawns, a crane aviary and tea fields.
A short tram ride from Okayama Station brings you to Korakuen, one of Japan's designated top three gardens. This garden was first built in 1687 by a local daimyo (feudal lord) in order to entertain the ruling family and receive guests. Damaged by flooding in 1934 and heavily bombed in World War II, the garden has since been lovingly restored based on Edo Period wood block prints and paintings. Today the garden is a lovely place to spend a few hours' exploration, admiring the view from the pagoda atop a small hill, taking stepping stones across the pond and visiting the crane aviary.
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